Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Adventurous Dreams

When we checked in to the RV park here there was one other RV. It was a Class C, maybe 28 feet, not new, I would guess early/mid 90's with Quebec plates. There was no one home but they soon walked in from the road. There were three adults (a couple and one of their mothers), two boy children (maybe 5 and 8) and a dog. I walked over to say "bonjour" while the youngest boy introduced himself by throwing a hand full of rocks at our motorhome. Not just normal rocks but the sharp volcanic, glass-like shards that pave the parking lot here. His mother said "no, no" as he reached down for another hand full. She grabbed his hand mid throw and he started screaming. The kind of ear splitting scream you would expect from a medieval torture chamber. And it did not stop. It carried on long after they went back into their rig.

It turns out they are from France and bought the motorhome in Quebec. They speak only a tiny bit of Spanish and no English. The grandmother spoke a little of each but was only staying with them for two more weeks when she has to fly home to France. The rest are staying for six months.

I asked where they were headed and the grandmother answered, "They are going to Panama". Wow! I wonder if they have any clue as to what awaits them. I looked at the tires on their rig and they were certainly not new. My guess is they were just whatever was on it when they bought it. They may have a spare underneath the rig but no extra tires anywhere else. They had four bikes tied to the rear.

I think they are in for an eye opening experience! I hope that is all! People have to research before heading off into the unknown. That is what the Internet is for.

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  1. Yikes. A couple, two wired young boys, mother-in-law and a dog in a Class C. Sounds like fun.

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    1. And in Central America! With (basically) no Spanish. You can usually find someone who speaks a little English, but French?

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  2. You sure you got the pronounciation of "bonjour" right? The kid obviously took it the wrong way!

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  3. Last year when we were down there we ran into (not literally) 3 French families that were also going to Panama. Two in RVs and one on bicycles! As to the biking couple, mom and dad each had a bike with a kids seat on it (they had 2 SMALL children). Dad pulled a little bike trailer behind with camping equipment. They bought their food at local markets each day. At another RV park were two couples in RVs who were traveling together. Between the 2 couples they had 5 or 6 kids and a dog. So that the dog had someone to play with, they went into town, picked up a stray and brought it back to the RV park to "play" with their dog! Idiots! They all made noise most of the night. Kids running around yelling, dogs running around barking, and the four adults sitting out and drinking wine until after midnight - nothing really wrong with that except they talked very loud. And they had the gall to ask me to turn off my generator as "zee smoke from zee machine was making zem sick". They were all crazy as hell as far as I was concerned. I did not care too much for those French.

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    1. We ran into a similar family on bikes in Cancun, except they had three kids! Sleeping in a tiny tent with the mosquitoes and home schooling all the way. They were sure fit though! They were returning from biking from Canada to Argentina!

      We see kids so seldom it is nice for a few minutes and then you start to miss the 55+ RV parks in the USA.

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    2. Except when it's Cassia of course! LOL

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    3. Cassia does not count because she is not a child. She is a short adult and she knows she is welcome to watch cartoons in our motorhome any time she wants!

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  4. You sure do meet some very interesting people on the road, when rving. It takes all kinds.

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  5. Perhaps the boy was autistic.

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    1. I thought of that after I silently cursed him. You are probably right.

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